Scoring a century on Test debut is not as difficult as one may think. As many as 108 players have scored 110 centuries on their Test debut, including LG Rowe and Yasir Hameed who scored centuries in both innings.
There are several who failed to score a century after their debut. The full list (up to 15/05/2021) is given below.
Players can drop off this list (as Fawad Alam did after over 11 years). Some current players (from PP Shaw downwards) can be reasonably expected to score another century sooner or later.
The most Tests played here are 25 by Yasir Hameed and 24 by L Amarnath. The latter was an useful bowler and a relatively better captain (by Indian standards of those days).
The most 50s scored after debut are 8 by Yasir Hameed and 7 by SK Raina. The latter was more successful in limited-overs matches, and was one of the first to score a century in a T20I.
Now we look at those who never crossed 50 after their debut.
Ganteaume played in only one innings. RE Redmond is not here as he scored a century and a fifty in his only Test.
The most Tests played among these players are 12 by van Zyl and 10 by DR Smith.
Fawad Alam (again!) got off this list after over 11 years.
There do not seem to be any current players here.
2 thoughts on “Century on debut and never again (May 2021)”
I have a question you may find interesting. How many fast bowlers had wickets in their career record coming off stumping by the keeper? Fast blowers usually do not get wickets from stumping but Glenn McGrath had one from the 2005 tour of New Zealand, 4th ODI when he had Craig McMillan stumped out by Gilchrist behind. Now I wonder how many more such anomalies were in the records?
Only Test and ODI records because T20 will have plenty I suppose. Did you analyze this before?
Unfortunately, there is no simple way to check this from Statsguru.
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